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A new £13.5m eco-friendly police station for the Wrexham area has been hailed an important step forward in modern policing.
North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick was speaking after a planning application was submitted to Wrexham County Borough Council.
If it’s given the go-ahead, the new police station in Llay will have a 32-cell custody suite, solar panels on the roof, and energy saving LED lighting.
The building is designed to be energy efficient and able to operate at its optimum for 24 hours a day.
According to Mr Roddick, Wrexham’s current main police station in the town centre is antiquated and no longer fit for purpose, with an out of date custody suite and uneconomical energy use.
It will be replaced by a new smaller police station, with a public front desk, in the centre of Wrexham.
Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths is calling on people to nominate their choice to be honoured as a young summer hero.
Ms Griffiths, who is also the Welsh Government Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, is backing the campaign launched by the Eagles Meadow shopping centre in Wrexham to find Summer Stars who deserve to be recognised for going above and beyond the call of duty.
The winning youngsters, aged 11 or under, will have their names inscribed at a Hollywood-style Walk of Fame at the shopping centre.
The AM said: “I think the search for Summer Stars is a great idea and could help give some local youngsters the boost they need.
“There’s bags of talent among the youngsters of Wrexham and I feel sure there will be some very worthy nominees.
“I would urge everyone to have a good think about the young people in their communities who deserve a pat on the back either for the work they do, the troubles they have overcome or for simply being a good example to their peers and get nominating now.”
The search is being spearheaded by BAFTA winning children’s TV producer Nia Ceidiog, who was brought up in Coedpoeth and went to Ysgol Morgan Llwyd.
FOCUS Wales is an annual multi-venue festival taking place in Wrexham each spring, which places the music industry spotlight firmly on the emerging talent that Wales has to offer the world. FOCUS Wales 2016 will mark the festival’s 6th edition, and will welcome over 5,000 people to the town, building upon 2015′s record attendance across a jam-packed weekend of events. There’s no place like Wrexham during FOCUS Wales, as we showcase 200+ bands, fill out a variety of spaces and music venues, using 20 stages, host 3 days of sessions and events, and showcase 3 days of stand-up Comedy, Film and Interactive Arts!
The exploits of Banksy and other worldwide street artists have thrust the concept of hidden identities, pseudonyms and secret exhibitions into the public domain, but this idea has been present in the art world for many years. For many artists keeping their identity concealed is a strong element of what they do, and allow the public to look at the work they produce without any preconceptions.
The A5 Collective is one example of this shadowy practice, with many critics claiming that the group may not even exist!
But Wrexham based THIS Project have teamed up with curator Robert Stephen to host a unique exhibition which will, for the first time ever, show examples of work from all seven of the artists in one show. The purpose of the exhibition is to throw the light into the darkest corners of the art world and to question the celebrity culture that goes hand-in-hand with being a famous artist.
The A5 group are a group of artists based in the United Kingdom and America. The artists are (in alphabetical order):
Deceased landscape artist Ben D Gedig (real name Robert Lloyd Jones), whose work was discovered and is now presented by his grandson Robert John Jones; New-York-based digital revolutionary Richard Head (real name!); International Street Artist ‘ONE’; Russian Print luminaries The Ozniak Brothers; Drago Zalaznik who looks at the art of identity; and they will be joined by artist and exhibition curator Robert Stephen himself.
The ‘BBQ for Heroes’ campaign takes place during 15 – 31August 2015, however if this isn’t convenient please feel free to choose a date that is. To register or for more information visit www.bbqforheroes.org.uk or call 01980 846459.
Whether you invite friends over for a BBQ in your garden in exchange for a donation, or arrange a bigger community event, it all makes a difference to the support H4H can provide.